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harem

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noun har·em \ˈher-əm\

Simple Definition of harem

  • : a house or part of a house in which the women of a Muslim household live

  • : the women who live in a harem in a Muslim household

  • : a group of women who are associated with one man

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harem

  1. 1 a :  a usually secluded house or part of a house allotted to women in a Muslim household b :  the wives, concubines, female relatives, and servants occupying a harem

  2. 2 :  a group of women associated with one man

  3. 3 :  a group of females associated with one male —used of polygamous animals

Examples of harem in a sentence

  1. the pop star and his harem



Origin and Etymology of harem

ultimately from Arabic ḥarīm, literally, something forbidden & ḥaram, literally, sanctuary


First Known Use: 1623

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